Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

MA History of Art and History of Music

UCAS code: VW33

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA History of Art and History of Music

As a combined honours programme, our History of Art and History of Music programme permits equally-weighted study in both subjects.

History of art will introduce you to art from different periods and world cultures. You will learn how, and for whom, works of art were made, as well as situating artworks within visual and material culture more broadly. You will explore the meanings of works of art and visual culture and the ways they continue to be interpreted. In your final years, you will have the opportunity to specialise in particular aspects of the field, as well as developing independent research projects and a dissertation. In Year 3, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad, if you wish.

In history of music you will explore the aesthetic, cultural, social and political contexts of a broad repertoire of music. You will be introduced to a wide variety of issues relating to the production and reception of both popular and western art music, and in Years 3 and 4 you will choose from a diverse range of options, and have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a music-related topic.

You will find that the subjects on this programme are complementary, since many ideas and movements are shared across the visual arts and music, and in particular across historical periods. Both subjects benefit from shared methodologies and historical contexts.

Year 1

You will study History of Art 1, which covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire until the end of the Counter-Reformation. This will include non-Western material.

You will also study Popular Music History, which explores the texts and contexts of popular music from 1800, and Thinking about Music, in which you will engage with a broad musical repertoire and be introduced to some of the major debates surrounding the study of music. You will also choose an option course from another subject area.

Year 2

You will study History of Art 2, which begins with the 18th century and continues to the present day. You will also study Music 2A, Music from the Middle Ages to Viennese Classicism, and Music 2B, Music and Ideas from Romanticism to the Late 20th Century.

Year 3

You will take a selection of history of art and history of music courses. You will also complete an independent history of art project and a music research methods course. Study abroad is possible in Year 3.

Year 4

You will select courses that build on your subject choices in Year 3. You will also write a dissertation in either history of art or music.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2019/20)

Our facilities

Most history of art teaching takes place in the University's Central Area or at the Lauriston campus at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). Most music teaching takes place in Alison House, in the University’s Central Area, as well as at the Reid Concert Hall, St Cecilia’s Hall, and other locations across ECA.

You will have access to the University's libraries and computing facilities and can take advantage of Edinburgh's galleries and museums, many of which are located near the University.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Europe and North America, via Erasmus and other international exchange schemes.

For details see the information available for Student Exchanges on the Edinburgh Global webpage.

Student Exchanges

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

In history of art, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, individual supervision and museum and gallery visits. In history of music, you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and individual supervisions.

How will I be assessed?

In history of art, you will be assessed by coursework and exams. In Years 3 and 4, you will complete at least one independent project and a longer dissertation. In history of music, you will again be assessed by coursework and exams.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2019/20)

This programme will prepare you for a range of careers such as curatorships in galleries and museums, art/music journalism, publishing, public relations, media, art dealing, tourism, sound archives, graphics, advertising, heritage management, and auctioneering.

Some graduates use their skills and experience for careers in management or teaching, while some choose to go on to further study.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6. (Revised 18/10/2019 from 'AAAA - AABB'.)
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5: English at grade C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at grade 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA History of Art and History of Music

Additional costs

You will bear the costs of printing your work, for example your final year dissertation, which must be submitted on paper. In addition, there may be small costs associated with travel to visit exhibitions, but these are usually limited to c£10-£20 per visit.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding